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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

A sign language interpreter signs as the former Scottish labour party leader speaks in September 2014. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Scottish Labour is in crisis; is Jim Murphy the solution?

30 October 2014 16:01

I suspect that the Scottish Labour gala dinner in Glasgow tonight won’t feel like much of a gala. The Scottish Labour party is in crisis: its leader has quit attacking… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy has what Scottish Labour needs: energy, fearlessness and the ability to win

29 October 2014 22:01

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Continue reading

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David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than expected, it would have been a political headache for David… Continue reading

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A double strength headache for Miliband

25 October 2014 8:35

Johann Lamont and Tony Blair don’t have much in common. But they are both causing Ed Miliband trouble this morning.   I suspect that those close to Miliband are relieved… Continue reading

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Cameron: We’re not paying this EU bill on the 1st of December

24 October 2014 14:55

A visibly riled David Cameron railed at the European Commission’s ‘completely unacceptable’ behaviour in demanding another £1.7 billion from Britain by the 1st of December. He warned that he certainly… Continue reading

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The EU’s gift to Nigel Farage – Brussels demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

24 October 2014 10:15

With truly dreadful timing, the European Commission has sprung David Cameron with a demand for £1.7 billion in extra British budget payments to the EU. The commission says this amount… Continue reading

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Why the UK should should be subject to different rules on European migrants

23 October 2014 11:25

The rest of Europe has, predictably, reacted negatively to the suggestion that the UK should be able to impose some kind of cap on free movement while remaining in the… Continue reading

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Day Two - UKIP Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Ukip 13 points ahead in Rochester & Strood

22 October 2014 22:10

Tonight, we have a second poll from Rochester & Strood and it again shows Ukip ahead. Mark Reckless doesn’t lead by Clacton margins—Ukip are on 43 and the Tories 30… Continue reading

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An NHS stale-mate and squirms for John Bercow, in today’s PMQs

22 October 2014 13:11

Today’s PMQs was an NHS stale-mate. David Cameron went after Labour on the NHS in Wales, demanding that Labour agree to an OECD inquiry into the NHS there, while Ed… Continue reading

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Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s pro-European arguments lack the nuance needed to win over the electorate

20 October 2014 15:16

At his press conference this morning, Nick Clegg told Jason Groves, ‘Do you really think Washington is going to bother picking up the phone if we can’t even punch above… Continue reading

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Vince Cable And Kenneth Clarke Give Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

David Cameron and Ken Clarke clash over Ukip and immigration

19 October 2014 11:15

Ken Clarke is one of the biggest beasts left in the Tory jungle. He had been a fixture in every Tory government since Ted Heaths time until Cameron retired him… Continue reading

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Labour’s NHS strategy – tax tobacco, save the cancer patients

18 October 2014 13:22

Labour wants the next election to be about the NHS, one of their strongest issues. Party strategists have been struck by how it has been rising up voters’ list of… Continue reading

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Three reasons why Ukip would benefit from a Labour win in 2015

16 October 2014 16:27

What result at the next election would most suit Ukip? There is little doubt that the party would most benefit from a Labour victory in 2015, which I discussed in… Continue reading

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Miliband takes on Cameron over Freud; Ukip gets a dig on recall

15 October 2014 13:48

When Ed Miliband started speaking at PMQs today you could tell straight away that he had a foul sore throat. Combine that with the promising unemployment figures out today and… Continue reading

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The BBC Host The Third And Final Televised Leaders' Debate

Broadcasters throw down TV debates gauntlet

13 October 2014 11:00

It has been clear for several years now that the Tories would not agree to a repeat of 2010 when there were three debates in three weeks featuring the Tory,… Continue reading

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Day Two - UKIP Holds Its Annual Party Conference

If Cameron loses Rochester to Ukip, he may face a leadership challenge

12 October 2014 12:58

The Tory party reacted with striking calm to Douglas Carswell and Ukip’s thumping victory in the Clacton by-election. But this calm will not hold if Ukip and the other Tory… Continue reading

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Your enemy’s enemy is not your friend

11 October 2014 13:40

The United States faces a very difficult task in Syria. It is trying to use air raids to contain and weaken ISIl. But, at the same time, it is trying… Continue reading

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell Visit Clacton On Sea

Ukip’s breakthrough night

10 October 2014 3:08

Ukip has won its first by-election: Douglas Carswell is the party’s first elected MP. In a stunning night for the party, it also ran Labour mighty close in Heywood and… Continue reading

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Ukip wins Clacton from the Tories and runs Labour mighty close in Heywood & Middleton

9 October 2014 22:18

2.50am Douglas Carswell’s victory speech, after winning a 12,404 majority, was not triumphalist: there was no tub-thumping. Instead, he said that Ukip must be the party of 1st and 2nd… Continue reading

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Three reasons why the Liberal Democrats don’t want to do a deal with Labour

9 October 2014 15:56

When Norman Lamb warned his fellow Liberal Democrats against doing a deal with Labour, there was no uproar at the party conference. Instead, the private assessment was that Lamb was… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats have come to terms with what they have done in government

8 October 2014 19:20

The Liberal Democrats might be in the single digits in the polls, but they were distinctly chipper this week. There’s one simple explanation for this, the political landscape gives them… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats focus on keeping Tory-facing seats

8 October 2014 14:52

listen to ‘Podcast: Nick Clegg's speech’ on audioBoom There were no rabbits in Nick Clegg’s speech today. Instead, there was just an unerring emphasis on the Liberal Democrats’ message that… Continue reading

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Danny Alexander indicates that the Lib Dems wants £5 billion in tax rises

6 October 2014 20:37

In a sign of his enhanced status in the party, Danny Alexander has been one of the main attractions on the conference fringe this year. This evening, it was standing… Continue reading

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Vince Cable accuses George Osborne of lying about tax rises

6 October 2014 13:58

Vince Cable’s speech today was loyal and funny. Cable was, unlike in some previous years, very much on message. He lavished praise on Clegg for having turned the Liberal Democrats… Continue reading

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